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Lich, Psychic Lich

This gaunt, ghoulish figure’s skin is inscribed with faintly glowing runes. Short-lived afterimages trail behind it.

Psychic Lich CR 12

Source Occult Bestiary pg. 33
XP 19,200
Human psychic lich psychic 11 (Pathfinder RPG Occult Adventures 60)
LE Medium undead (augmented humanoid)
Init +5; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +11


AC 20, touch 15, flat-footed 19 (+1 deflection, +1 Dex, +5 natural, +3 Wis)
hp 96 (11d6+55)
Fort +8, Ref +8, Will +12
Defensive Abilities channel resistance +4, psychic feast, rejuvenation; DR 15/bludgeoning and magic; Immune cold, electricity, undead traits
Weaknesses mind-affecting effects


Speed 30 ft.
Melee touch +4 (1d8+5 plus bewildering touch) or sickle +4 (1d6–1), touch –1 (1d8+5 plus bewildering touch)
Special Attacks bewildering touch (DC 18), phrenic amplifications (defensive prognostication, ongoing defense, overpowering mind, space-rending spell), phrenic pool (8 points), physical push (+3, 3/day)
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 11th; concentration +17)
1/day—detect thoughts (DC 17), telepathic bond
Psychic Spells Known (CL 11th; concentration +17)
5th (4/day)— echolocationUM, mind fog (DC 21), synapse overloadOA (DC 21)
4th (6/day)—aura of doomUM (DC 20), freedom of movement, id insinuation IIIOA (DC 20), mental barrier IIIOA
3rd (7/day)—dispel magic, fly, haste, mind thrust IIIOA (DC 19), synaptic pulseOA (DC 19)
2nd (7/day)— bear’s endurance, blur, calm emotions (DC 18), false life, mental blockOA, resist energy
1st (7/day)—ear-piercing screamUM (DC 17), expeditious retreat, mage armor, magic missile, mindlinkOA, shield
0 (at will)—arcane mark, dancing lights, detect magic, detect psychic significanceOA, ghost sound (DC 16), mage hand, message, prestidigitation (DC 16), read magic
Psychic Discipline self-perfection


Str 8, Dex 12, Con —, Int 22, Wis 16, Cha 16
Base Atk +5; CMB +4; CMD 22
Feats Craft Wondrous Item, Defensive Combat Training, Improved Initiative, Intuitive SpellOA, Lightning Reflexes, Psychic CombatantB, Psychic DefenderB, Quicken Spell, Toughness
Skills Bluff +17, Disguise +12, Intimidate +15, Knowledge (arcana) +20, Knowledge (history) +20, Linguistics +20, Perception +11, Perform (oratory) +10, Sense Motive +25, Spellcraft +20, Stealth +23; Racial Modifiers +8 Perception, +8 Sense Motive, +8 Stealth
Languages Abyssal, Aklo, Azlanti, Celestial, Common, Draconic, Dwarven, Elven, Giant, Gnome, Halfling, Infernal, Osiriani, Skald, Sylvan, Undercommon, Varisian, Vudrani
SQ bodily purge (6d8), detect thoughts, telepathic bond


Environment any
Organization solitary
Treasure NPC gear (sickle, cloak of resistance +2, headband of vast intelligence +2 [Stealth], ring of counterspells [dispel magic], ring of protection +1, robe of blending, scroll of invisibility, other treasure)


While some liches prefer to spend undeath’s eternity in seclusion, a psychic lich sustains its life force by embracing its personal accomplishments to create a powerful astral echo of itself. Even more megalomaniacal than most liches, psychic liches resemble ordinary liches for the most part, but their every moment is attended by ghostly images of past cruelties, a constantly rotating illusory display of the evil deeds that brought them their power. Most psychic liches are humans, or come from other races renowned for their psychic abilities.

A Psychic Lich’s Memoir and Legend

To become a psychic lich, one must create and infuse a memoir, which serves a similar function to an ordinary lich’s phylactery. This memoir projects the lich’s personal legend into the Astral Plane, which is tethered through the planes to a physical object, typically a magically strengthened book or scroll (10 hit points, hardness 1, break DC 15). The only way to destroy the lich is to destroy his astral legend, which almost always requires the memoir as a special focus. Unless the astral legend is erased, the lich can rejuvenate after it is killed (see Creating a Psychic Lich, below).

Each psychic lich must create its own memoir by using the Craft Wondrous Item feat. The character must be able to cast psychic spells at a caster level of 11th or higher. The memoir costs 120,000 gp to create and has a caster level equal to that of its creator at the time of creation.

If the physical memoir is destroyed while the psychic lich’s astral legend survives, the physical memoir gradually reforms over the course of 1d10 days at a site central to its creator’s history (such as the library where he first studied magic or the battlefield where he vanquished a powerful rival). It typically reappears hidden among other books or treasures, where an unwitting dupe might begin reading the text and hasten the psychic lich’s return.

Creating a Psychic Lich

“Psychic lich” is an acquired template that can be added to any living creature (referred to hereafter as the base creature), provided it can create the required astral memoir. A psychic lich retains all the base creature’s statistics and special abilities except as noted here.

Challenge Rating: Base creature’s CR + 2.

Alignment: Any evil.

Type: The creature’s type changes to undead. Do not recalculate BAB, saves, or skill ranks.

Senses: A psychic lich gains darkvision 60 ft.

Armor Class: A psychic lich has a +5 natural armor bonus or the base creature’s natural armor bonus, whichever is higher.

Hit Dice: Change all of the creature’s racial Hit Dice to d8s. All Hit Dice derived from class levels remain unchanged. As undead, psychic liches use their Charisma modifier to determine bonus hit points (instead of Constitution).

Defensive Abilities: A psychic lich gains channel resistance +4, DR 15/bludgeoning and magic, and immunity to cold and electricity (in addition to those abilities granted by its undead traits). The lich also gains the following two defensive abilities.

Psychic Feast (Ex): If a psychic lich succeeds at a Will saving throw against an attack that has a reduced effect on a successful save, it instead avoids the effect entirely. If the effect was a spell with the mind-affecting descriptor, the psychic lich also heals an amount of damage equal to 1d8 plus the spell’s caster level if it succeeds at its save. A psychic lich may automatically succeed on any Will save against a spell it casts that targets only itself.

Rejuvenation (Su): When a psychic lich is destroyed, its body reforms near its astral memoir 10d10 days later. If a creature reads the psychic lich’s memoir, the total time is reduced to one tenth the original result, which could result in the psychic lich’s immediate restoration in a new body. Once the time elapses, the lich wakens fully healed (albeit without any gear it left behind on its old body).

The only way to ensure that a psychic lich does not rejuvenate is to target its memoir with the spell instigate psychic duelOA or mindscape doorOA or use it as a special focus when casting plane shift or similar magic. This allows one creature to instigate a psychic duel (Pathfinder RPG Occult Adventures 202) on a veiled, harmful mindscape with a self-contained shape inhabited by the lich’s astral legend. The legend has the statistics of the lich, can’t leave the mindscape by any means, and is permanently destroyed if reduced to 0 or fewer hit points. An astral legend can’t be destroyed unless the psychic lich’s physical body has also been destroyed and has not yet rejuvenated.

Weaknesses: A psychic lich doesn’t gain immunity to mind-affecting effects as a result of becoming undead. If the base creature is immune to any mind-affecting effects, it loses those immunities and instead gains a +4 bonus on saving throws against such effects.

Attacks: A psychic lich has a melee touch attack that it can use once per round as a natural weapon. A lich fighting without weapons uses its natural weapons (if it has any) in addition to its touch attack (which is treated as a primary natural weapon that replaces one claw or slam attack, if the creature has any). A lich armed with a weapon uses its weapons normally, and can use its touch attack as a secondary natural weapon.

Damage: A psychic lich’s touch attack uses psychic energy to deal 1d8 points of damage to a target + 1 point of damage per 2 Hit Dice possessed by the lich. This energy has no effect on a creature immune to mind-affecting effects.

Special Attacks: A psychic lich gains the special attacks described below. Save DCs are equal to 10 + 1/2 the lich’s HD + the lich’s Charisma modifier unless otherwise noted.

Bewildering Touch (Su): Any living creature a psychic lich hits with its touch attack must succeed at a Fortitude saving throw or be permanently confused as its nervous system continuously sends false signals. The creature doesn’t automatically attack the psychic lich if it is targeted by further attacks. Calm emotions or any spell that can remove a curse can free the victim (see the bestow curse spell description) with a DC equal to the bewildering touch’s save DC. As a full-round action, a creature that rolls a result of “act normally” can attempt a new saving throw to end this effect.

Ability Scores: Int +2, Wis +2, Cha +2. Being undead, a psychic lich has no Constitution score.

Skills: Psychic liches have a +8 racial bonus on Perception, Sense Motive, and Stealth checks. A lich always treats Climb, Disguise, Fly, Intimidate, Knowledge (arcana), Knowledge (religion), Perception, Sense Motive, Spellcraft, and Stealth as class skills. Otherwise, skills are the same as the base creature.

Feats: A psychic lich gains Psychic CombatantOA, and Psychic DefenderOA as bonus feats, even if it does not meet the prerequisites.

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